By now, you’ve probably lost interest in hearing about Patos, so I’ll keep it brief. Patos is a city in the interior of Paraiba. It is the third largest city in the state of Pariaba, coming in at a population of around 150,000 people. It is about a 4 and a half hour drive (though it took us just a little under 7 hours) from João Pessoa. Our purpose in going to Patos was to do a Mini-EBF in which we show the church members at Patos how one is done. For reference, here is a map of Paraiba.
15 of us from João Pessoa loaded up on the van to drive to Patos. Joyce went to Recife to spend time with Juliana since she was having surgery. In her place, Ediclar came. The others that came were Mike, Sheridan, Hunter, Lori, Hunter, Mathias, Sabrina, Mark and Carolyn (Hunter’s parents), Nilson, Raniere Vieira, Bea, Julian, and Mara. When we arrived, we did not know how many kids to expect. We were initially told about 30-40 kids. Their plan was to start advertising on that Saturday morning. (EBF was only two days, Saturday and Sunday.) A few of the kids were familiar from last year, but most were a brand new face to me. On Saturday, we had 46 kids, but not many of the church members stayed around to observe. Sunday, we had even more kids… close to 70!!!! A few more of the church members stayed on Sunday to observe, but I think more were desired. Next year, I don’t think we’ll be going to Patos.
For those of you at Laurel, you’ll probably get to hear a more detailed report soon. Also… if you would like to go next year, please start praying about it now. We are hoping to start planning next years trip in December instead of like May. Also… if you haven’t check out the pictures, they are here: http://gallery2.justinacuff.net/v/mission_trips/Brazil_EBF_2007-06-28/